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La Presse: Homeopathy not based on scientific fact

An op-ed piece by Ariel Fenster, Ph.D., Research Associate in McGill's Department of Chemistry, and Director of Communication of the McGill Office for Science and Society.

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Published on : 06 Apr 2010

Pseudoscience: From Quirks to Quacks

McGill "Mini-Science" series offers 90-minute lectures to better understand pseudoscience

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Published on : 06 Apr 2010

Cullen to science students: join the political debate

By William Raillant-Clark. As the Arctic melts and the petrodollars roll in to Alberta, scientists, politicians and big business are increasingly finding themselves in a policy face-off – and the researchers usually lose, according to Nathan Cullen, the NDP’s deputy environment critic. “These guys suck at this – they’ve come into politics from academia, and [...]

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Published on : 31 Mar 2010

McGill adds to the ranks of CRCs

University researchers awarded 18 Canada Research Chairs

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Published on : 31 Mar 2010

The Gazette: McGill students, professors looking for the "God particle" with CERN's Large Hadron Collider

When the Large Hadron Collider began its subatomic smashing in Switzerland, McGill students, professors and Twitter were there. The McGill team currently consists of four faculty members, seven graduate students, and four post-doctorates, with a few undergraduates expected to join them during the summer.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2010

Science Magazine: Antisocial tortoises learn from each other

Scientists have thought that the ability to learn from others evolved in step with communal living. Now a study demonstrates an exception: A solitary reptile is an adept social learner. In a study showing that when they could watch another, tortoise complete the task, red-footed tortoises quickly learned how to navigate a fence to get food.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2010

McGill students brace for subatomic collisions

University offers students rare opportunity to work with Large Hadron Collider

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Published on : 30 Mar 2010

The Gazette: Studies on diet feed confusion over weight loss

Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz's column in The Gazette: Want to weigh less, be healthier and live longer? Just watch your fat intake, particularly those nasty saturated fats that lurk in meat, dairy products and rich pastries. They're artery-cloggers and will kill you.

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Published on : 28 Mar 2010

The future of physics

As part of the 2010 Anna I. McPherson Lectures in Physics, Nobel Laureate David J. Gross will be presenting a free public lecture on what the future holds for the field of physics. Presently the director and holder of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of [...]

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Published on : 18 Mar 2010

National Geographic puts McGill hydrographer on the map

National Geographic puts McGill hydrographer on the map Bernhard Lehner's one-of-a-kind global rivers map to be included in April issue of magazine

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Published on : 18 Mar 2010

Astrophysicist Kaspi wins Killam Fellowship

By William Raillant-Clark Vicky Kaspi, McGill’s Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology, has earned a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts for her research on magnetars. She joins this year’s elite group of eight outstanding Canadian researchers who have each been awarded $70,000 a year for two years, for a total [...]

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Published on : 18 Mar 2010

DNA nanotechnology breakthrough offers promising applications in medicine

McGill researchers create DNA nanotubes able to carry and selectively release materials

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Published on : 17 Mar 2010

Stellar McGill researcher receives Killam research fellowship

Astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi receives elite award for her research

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Published on : 15 Mar 2010

“Avoid compensatory intentions when dieting,” McGill scientists say

Plans to make up for indulgence don't materialize

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Published on : 09 Mar 2010

Remembering Maudie on Women’s Day

By Ingrid Birker While cycling to work recently, I wiped out in the “devil’s strip” at the corner of St. Catherine Street and McGill College Avenue. My front tire had caught in a huge hunk of shiny metal protruding out of the old Montreal streetcar track. This shiny hard steel track was installed about 100 years [...]

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Published on : 08 Mar 2010